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12-Year-Old Boy Will Bike 22 Miles In Tour De Cure Fundraiser For Diabetes

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Every mile has a meaning. That’s the thought behind a movement to cure diabetes, a disease that affects 26 million Americans.  It’s called Tour De Cure.

As Mary Bubala reports, hundreds of Marylanders are gearing up to make a difference.

Evan Johnson, 12, of Ellicott City is in full conditioning mode. In a few weeks he’ll bike 22 miles to raise money for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour De Cure.

And for him it’s personal. Johnson has Type 1 diabetes.

“It stinks. It’s difficult. It’s challenging. Sometimes you just want to forget about it and just be a kid, but you can’t,” Johnson said.

Race Pace bike shop in Federal Hill is helping Tour De Cure bikers gear up for the ride by offering training rides, free safety checks and day-of support.

“We’ll be there to change a flat tire if someone gets a flat, or someone pops a chain off we’ll be right there to put that chain back on,” said Paul Cavalier, Race Pace manager.

Even though Johnson is going 22 miles, you shouldn’t be intimidated. The Tour De Cure has a route for every ability. Routes include 10, 22, 32 and 63 miles.

“It’s a beautiful setting out in Howard County, and it’s just a family fun day. Bring your kids, husband, wife, all your friends,” said Mike Kelly, Tour De Cure chairman.

And remember, the Tour De Cure’s motto is “Every Mile Has Meaning.”

“It’s helping raise money for people like me to find a cure for diabetes and to support other people with diabetes,” Johnson said.

Johnson and his many supporters helped raise more than $23,000 for the American Diabetes Association last year.  They hope to top that at this year’s Tour De Cure on May 5.

If you’d like to ride or donate, click here.

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